Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Old Man: The Movie – Unearthed Films (Blu-ray)

Theatrical Release Date: Estonia, 2019
Directors: Oskar Lehemaa, Mikk Mägi
Writers: Oskar Lehemaa, Mikk Mägi, Peeter Ritso
Cast: Märt Avandi, Reio Blond, Meriiyn Elge, Johan Järviste, Mia Järviste, Jaagup Kreem, Mart Kukk, Oskar Lehemaa

Release Date: August 9th, 2022
Approximate Running Time: 88 Minutes 9 Seconds
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Estonian, LPCM Stereo Estonian, DTS-HD 5.1 English, LPCM Stereo English
Subtitles: English
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95

"In a remote Estonian village, three children from the city are forced to spend the summer on their grandfather's farm. When the trio accidentally set loose the old man's prized but thoroughly abused cow, they learn that they have only 24 hours to milk the rogue bovine before it's exponentially expanding udders explode and unleash a milk-pocalypse. To complicate this crisis, a decrepit and disgraced farmer with a body literally infused with milk and a prejudice for cattle is also determined to catch the animal, but with murderous intent.” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor

Video: 5/5

The Old Man: The Movie comes on a 25 GB single layer Blu-ray.

Disc Size: 22.9 GB

Feature: 18.8 GB

The source is in excellent shape. Colors, image clarity, black levels, and compression are solid.

Audio: 5/5 (DTS-HD 5.1 Estonian, LPCM Stereo Estonian, DTS-HD 5.1 English, LPCM Stereo English)

This release comes with four audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Estonian; a LPCM stereo mix in Estonian; a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English; and a LPCM stereo mix in English. All the audio mixes are comparable; dialog always comes through clearly; everything sounds balanced; ambient sounds and the score sound appropriately robust. Included with this release are removable English subtitles.

Extras:

Extras for this release include a slipcover (limited to first pressing), theatrical trailer #1 (2 minutes 23 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Estonian with non-removable English subtitles), theatrical trailer #2 (2 minutes 41 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo English, no subtitles), five The Old Man shorts, The Taste of Cow! (2 minutes 7 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Estonian with removable English subtitles), I Went to Sauna With Grandchildren! (1 minute 55 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Estonian with removable English subtitles), My Cow Gave Birth! (1 minute 54 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Estonian with removable English subtitles), The Old Man is Tired (2 minutes 30 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Estonian with removable English subtitles), and The Old Hag Had me Put an Implant (2 minutes 30 seconds, Dolby Digital stereo Estonian with removable English subtitles).

Other extras include trailers for Premutos, Ascetic, The Untold Story, Evil Dead Trap, and Hanger.

Summary:

The Old Man: The Movie is a stop-motion animation that evolved from five short films that featured the same character. The narrative has two parallel stories; one about the dangers that await city folk when three children spend the summer with their grandfather, and the other revolves around the kids' adventures with their grandfather as they go looking for his missing cow.

Though you don’t see too many stop motion animation films anymore, The Old Man: The Movie is a solid example of what one can do with stop motion animation. The Old Man: The Movie is filled with beautifully designed landscapes and visuals that employ interesting compositions that lend greatly to the story at hand. Ultimately, if you are a fan of outrageous scenarios and offbeat humor that veers into subversive territory, then The Old Man: The Movie is a film you should thoroughly enjoy.

The Old Man: The Movie gets an exceptional release from Unearthed Films that comes with a solid audio/video presentation and five additional short films, highly recommended.








Written by Michael Den Boer

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